Chapman stands in front of an open grand piano, smiling as he holds his Sense Award for Young Person of the Year.

Chapman Shum is named Young Person of the Year

Heartfelt congratulations to Amber Music Award recipient Chapman Shum on being named Young Person of the Year in the 2023 Sense Awards!

Chapman, 13, is a phenomenal musician, and we are incredibly proud of his fantastic achievement.

Chapman’s acceptance speech

‘Thank you Sense for giving me this award – this is amazing,’ Chapman says in his speech. ‘I hope my experience can inspire people who are also facing difficulties, because if I can do it, you can do it too. Lastly, I want to thank my buddy Gabriella for our weekly online sessions.’

Chapman and Gabriella met through Sense’s Virtual Buddying programme, and performed on BBC Breakfast to raise awareness for the scheme.

Learn more about Chapman

Chapman was born blind and has speech and learning difficulties. At age 11, he achieved a Distinction in his Grade 8 Piano exam. He now plays at music venues and events across the country, and has found confidence and friends through playing the piano.